Mandela was a true hero - Eastern Cape premier

2013-12-06 20:27
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Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela will be remembered as a true hero, Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet said on Friday.

"We, the people of the Eastern Cape, salute the sacrifices made by Madiba, his family and his generation for what they endured for us to enjoy democracy and freedom," she said.

"He was everything to all people."

Just before midnight on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma announced that South Africa's first democratically elected president had died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg.

Kiviet said Mandela possessed rare skills and was in a league of his own.

"As people of the Eastern Cape, we loved him so much.

"We would have been easily tempted to jealously claim him as our own, but we recognised that his towering stature as a symbol of freedom and peace transcended the rural boundaries of Qunu, his birth place, into the world for the benefit of all human kind."

South Africans should remember the debt they owed Mandela for his selfless service to public life.

"We must commit to uphold his legacy and the ideals he cherished."

She extended her condolences to Mandela's family, friends and the ANC.

Mourning a leader

Earlier People Against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty (Passop) said in statement: "Today, together, we mourn our leader and remember our brother."

The non-profit activist organisation said: "Every day Passop strives, with perseverance and passion, to implement the values which Madiba always stood for in South Africa."

South Africans should abide by the principles that Mandela fought for, especially those of mutual respect, peace and tolerance, it said.

"He showed us the values needed to make the world a peaceful place.

"It is now left for us to preserve his legacy and keep up his ideals of a democratic South Africa that belongs to all who live in it."

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